Getting Started with Oracle Analytics

A recent interviewee (yup, we’re hiring!) recently recently asked me how to get started with Oracle Analytics. Rather than just answering that person, I thought I would turn this into a blog article for everybody.

There are many resources out there to help you get started with Oracle Analytics, but you kind of need to know where to look. So let me share with you some of the free resources that are out there. This is being written in July 2019, so some of this may change in the future, but here’s some of what is available, at least for now:

  1. Udemy - Oracle recently added some free Udemy courses. Set up an account for free and get access to free material to get started.

  2. OAC Sandbox - This link will allow you to run real OAC demonstrations without having to sign up for a trial Oracle cloud account. You cannot create your own visualizations, but you can experiment with the visualizations that Oracle has created.

  3. Download DVD - Want to run Oracle Analytics on your own PC? Simply download Data Visualization Desktop. The software is free (for non-production use; read the license agreement on Oracle’s web site). This is the same software Oracle sells, but configured to run standalone on a desktop computer.

  4. OAC trial - See that button in the corner “Try for free”? That gives you 30 days to run full Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) for free. You won’t come close to burning through the $300 in the first 30 days, so go for it. Yes, some Oracle salesperson will call you - just tell them you’re learning it. Just kill the account before your 30 days is up or create a new account with a new email address, but you’ll need to export out your work to take it to a new environment via a “snapshot”.

  5. Synopsis - Oracle Analytics runs on your phone! Think of this as an Excel spreadsheet viewer on your phone that gives you insights about the data in a spreadsheet, Simply open spreadsheet files using Synopsis from your email program. Spreadsheets must be formatted with the first row containing the name of each field/column.

  6. Oracle Analytics Library - Oracle has created a library of extensions and demos that they freely give away. There are lots of first-class demonstrations out there and many plugins that you can download to your DVD instance or to your OAC instances.

  7. Webcasts on OAC Features - I have recorded a new webinar with just about every significant release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) since 2011. Want to know when a feature was introduced? Check out the webinar series. Slides are shared and you can watch the videos.

  8. Oracle Analytics Web Page - No list would be complete without listing Oracle’s Analytics Sales page. Yup, it’s a bit salesy, but it has good information about the Oracle Analytics offering. It also links to a recently-updated “Statement of Direction” and the recently-recorded Oracle Analytics Summit Live recording that will give you a glimpse of where Oracle is heading.

OK, that wraps up my starter set of links for getting started. There are of course, lots more resources that you can find by googling various terms, and tons of resources you can get from Oracle Education, but those will cost some bucks, or via the Oracle Partner Program (email me at dvlamis at vlamis dot com for information),

If you have a favorite resource, leave it in the comments and I’ll look at adding it as a resource. Happy learning!

Vlamis Cloud Analytics Bundle

If you are looking to get started with The Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and Oracle Analytics Cloud, we have a new offering called the Vlamis Cloud Analytics Bundle that may be a perfect fit for you. The “Vlamis CAB” contains everything you would need to get up and running in the Oracle Cloud and well on your way to an implementation of OAC running against your data in an ADW.

The Vlamis CAB includes:
• Set up OAC
• Set up ADW
• Upload up to 5 data sources/tables
• Joins and modeling
• Up to 5 canvases/projects/20 visualizations
• Presentation
• Knowledge transfer
• Documentation & resources
• Mentoring
• 1/2 day training (mentoring)
• If Possible:
• Live connections
• Additional user set up
• Security integration

There are many additional options and add-ons to further customize your system. If you are interested in learning more about this bundle email and we will be happy to set up a time to talk!

New Features in OAC 105.3.0

The latest version of Oracle Analytics has been released and we will be hosting a webinar to cover the newest features included. Join us on July 10th at 12:00pm Central for a webinar including a live demo. During this presentation we will cover as many new features as time allows for. Please share this registration information with others on your team or anyone you know who may be interested in the newest features in OAC. Registration is now open! We will be repeating this content as part of the new Analytics and Data TechCast series, hosted by the BIWA User Community at 11am Central time on July 11.

Oracle Analytics Cloud version 105.3.0 has several new features of special interest to the OAC community. A few of the major themes for this release include: a) administration of OAC instances including start/stop, b) data access including RDC improvements, c) data visualization improvements including natural language narrative, and d) BI Publisher improvements.

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, and President of Vlamis Software Solutions, as he walks through the new features. Just like our previous presentations (see for a list), this webinar will include a fast-paced presentation with a live demo of OAC including as many of the new features as time allows.

Click here to see a list of features in the latest release.

See you at Kscope 19

Tim is speaking at this year's conference in Seattle! This year Vlamis will be involved in the following sessions:

Sensing, Seeing, and Showing: Visualizing Data in Oracle Analytics Cloud
Tuesday June 25, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Modern Machine Learning with Oracle Analytics Cloud and Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud
Wednesday June 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am

If you are attending Kscope this year let us know in the comments! We hope to see you there!

Join us at Collaborate 2019!

Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis will be attending and presenting at Collaborate 2019 in San Antonio TX! This year Collaborate takes place from April 7-11 at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. For more information visit!

This year we are involved in the following presentations:

Let us know if you are also attending Collaborate this year. We are looking forward to seeing you there!